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Mar 4, 2011 2:00am EST
. jechlt dionne, a pleasure to have you with us tonight. >> great to be with you. >> tonight in the survey i asked if the wisconsin 14 have done enough to come home, and >>> the huckster strikes again, let's play "hardball." good evening, i'm chris matthews up in philadelphia tonight. leading off tonight playing the madrasa card. the smiling face of the republican right has doubled down now. while adding that while most boys grew up around boy scouts, and going to rotary meeting, mr. obama grew up around madrasa. this is just a way of saying obama is really a terrorist. not from america, of course. is this what it takes to be a leader in the republican party? appeal to the haters who cannot accept the legitimacy of this president? on a parallel note, one of our pollsters tells us yesterday, it may be hard to understand why someone would jump off a cliff unless you understand they're being chased by a tiger. and that tiger is the tea party. in other words the gop is jumping off the political cliff right now and the tea party is that tiger chasing behind it. the latest example, a tea
MSNBC
Mar 24, 2011 2:00am EDT
. dennis mcdonough is president obama's national security adviser. thanks for joining us. will the president give an oval office address anytime soon to give us a real sense of what his doctrine is and why we went into libya and got getting involved in countries like bahrain and yemen? >> chris, thanks a lot for the opportunity to be on the show. i appreciate it. the president has been obviously communicating, speaking with the american people about this, and with congress about this now for several days, and with congress actually for a couple of weeks. he'll express his great pride in our troops, in our airmen, our sailors, our marines undertaking a really remarkable action, which has stopped the advance of gadhafi's forces on benghazi, a situation that even on your show was being reported last week as impending slaughter of innocents. so we feel very good about the steps that our troops have taken to stop that. so the president will continue to talk about it. and what he'll say is having brought the united states along, we is share the burden with other people's taxpayers to mak
MSNBC
Mar 3, 2011 5:00pm EST
always. that does it for us today here on t"the dylan ratigan show." "hardball" with chris matthews starts right now. >>> the huckster strikes again, let's play "hardball." good evening, i'm chris matthews up in philadelphia tonight. leading off tonight playing the madras a card. the new smiling face of the republican right has doubled down. while adding that while most boys grew up around boy scouts, mr. obama grew up around madrassas. this is just a way of saying obama is really a terrorist. not from america, of course. is this what it takes to -- on a parallel note. one of our pollsters tells yesterday it may be hard to understand why someone would jump off a cliff unless you understand they're being chased by a tiger and that tiger is the tea party. in other words the gop is jumping off the political cliff right now and the tea party is that tiger chasing behind it. the latest example, a tea party leader calling for john boehner's defeat because he won't support the tea party's draconian spending cuts also after newt resigned after leading his party to a disaster after being rep
MSNBC
Mar 30, 2011 5:00pm EDT
with some union ties over to the democrats. these are really the folks you used to refer to as reagan democrats, or more conservative folks, and they're moving. there's no doubt of that. now, how long will that hold? that becomes a more complex question. but i will tell you, you got to the heart of something here in your introthere. if this is referred to as a fight over collective bargaining, the unions win? polls by a little bit. if it's referred to as a fight over collective bargaining rights, if you just add that word "rights" they add about 10% on to the number in the polls. right now that's what it's seen as. >> senator sherrod brown, let's talk about the fight taking place in your state. we know this bill could get signed into law at any moment in ohio. it's making its way through the state house, then the state senate, republican controlled of both, then it would get to governor kasich's desk, but you have a loophole essentially in the state of ohio that didn't exist in wisconsin. that's this idea of taking this legislation and saying, hey, let's let the voters have the final
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2011 2:00am EDT
out of the old arab league that begged us to come into this fight and is now apparently having second thoughts. the view from the street in the arab world tonight. >>> plus the other huge story out of japan. the latest news from japan is not encouraging. smoke out of the two reactors forced workers out of the area today and now traces of radiation have been found in water, in seawater, and in food. and finally, you know things are getting bad for sarah palin when she criticizes president obama in india over his handling of libya and gets bashed by conservatives for being out of her depth. conservatives, mind you, and being illiteratology foreign affairs. >>> we start with the war in libya. richard engel, the best in the business, joins us from tobruk. what is happening in this war? i can't ask a wider question, richard. what is going on in the war? are we going after gadhafi? what are we doing in this war exactly do we know? >> reporter: the rebels here think we are giving them unconditional military support.ç their only strategy seems to be allow the u.s. and other military p
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2011 5:00pm EDT
for bringing that to our attention and solomon it's a true pleasure to meet you. let us know what we can help you with in the future. check out all of it, of course on good website. that will do it for us. i'm dylan and "hardball" is up now. >>> gadhafi, duck. let's play "hardball". >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. leading off tonight should he stay or should he go? do we know why we're in libya or what our mission is? are we there to get rid of gadhafi? now that we're in there will we get him out? the rebels are unlikely to do the job. how do we save a country from gadhafi if gadhafi is in charge. what is that mission? >>> plus is this war if that's what it is constitutional? even allies of president obama like connecticut's john larson says congress should have been informed and involved in the decision to going. should the president have gotten the go ahead from congress? >>> whatever happened to the bipartisan agreement that, well the politics should stop at the water's edge. newt gingrich, mitt romney, sarah palin are ganging up with statements criticizing
MSNBC
Mar 14, 2011 7:00pm EDT
war ii. we begin with alex thompson of britain's channel 4. he joins us from sendai, japan. alex, tell us what you've seen over there. it's quite dramatic. >> reporter: i've covered disasters around the world and wars for 22 years. i've never seen anything quite on the scale of this. let me give you just one example of a town that we went to. you walk in, you can't drive, but you walk in to a place which has been completely pulverized. you might see one or two buildings which are made of concrete, which have withstood the tsunami, and then there'll be anything up to a mile, a mile and a half of utter wasteland, debris, houses reduced to matchwood, personal effects, a child's doll, a wedding photograph, an old guitar, and thousands, hundreds of thousands of tons of girders, of bricks, of morter, of concrete, anything imaginable that you could see from a town which has been put through the most extraordinary pulverizing machine of the tsunami. you can build in a certain degree of protection against earthquakes, and goodness me, the japanese do that as well as anybody on the planet.
MSNBC
Mar 2, 2011 2:00am EST
dumb ass program and piece of krall he reminded us that the tea party's take-over the gop has left republicans with three choices. join them and go hard right like hatch is doing, challenge them to bring it on or just skrernd and switch parties like arlen specter did. only one strategy has averted electoral defeat. >>> also has head of the government oversight committee darrel issa has announced the first casualty of his own operation, his press secretary. >>> and score one for the man over machine. this democrat advertise congressman just beat wath son in an exhibition "jeopardy" contest. the question to that answer join us later in the show. >>> the republican party now represents the invasion of the body snatcher. let's begin for the public's distaste for what scott walker wants to do in wisconsin. howard fineman joins us and josh marshall with talks pointing memo. look at these -- the polling coming out. a new poll by pps, public policy poling asks wisconsin voters if they can vote again, would they vote for governor scott walker or his opponent, the guy he beat. just 45% right
MSNBC
Mar 22, 2011 7:00pm EDT
question for us, are we competent the inspection system in this country is any better? >>> finally, donald temp's foreign policy. cheat moammar gadhafi out of his money. we'll get to that in the sideshow. >>> we start with a deepening crisis in libya. nbc news chief correspondent richard engel standing by in benghazi, libya. richard, the latest on the ground. yesterday you were forces, that some who have military training aren't using it. those who don't have military training don't have the ability to fight this war. any better sign of their ability to move on tripoli today? >> reporter: no, still they are untrained and they don't have the capability to really take territory. this is something that the rebels themselves realize. i was speaking with some of the leaders of this revolt tonight and they were quite despondent. they recognize that the rebels need to be more disciplined, they need to be more organized. they are starting to look for outside help. they want military advisors on the ground from the united states. they said they are willing to hire them if necessary. but the
MSNBC
Mar 29, 2011 5:00pm EDT
pickens to james woolzy. that will do it for us. i'm dylan ratigan. "hardball" is up right now. >>> how do we know when we've won? let's play "hard ball." >>> good evening. i'm chuck todd in washington filling in for chris matthews, who's in israel on assignment. leading off tonight, the day after. what everyone seems to agree on is that the president did a good job explaining why we went into libya. what's still unclear is how we plan to get out. republicans are in some cases predictably condemning the president's speech for the lack of that, but even democratic support has been a b tepid. ultimately the president will be judged by whether we win, but what does winning look like. is it sicmply getting rid of gadhafi. >>> let's get ready to rumble. comedian and commentator bill maher joins us. we'll get his take on the tea party, libya, the race for the republican nomination, and then there's donald trump among other things. >>> and speaking of trump, we said last week he dipped a toe into the waters. now he's dived in head first and declared the waters fine, come on in and he'
MSNBC
Mar 7, 2011 5:00pm EST
daughters, right. >> that will do it for us. hardball is up right now. >>> huckleberry fib. let's play hardball. good evening. i'm chris smoomatthews. mike huckabee tried to wiggle free from his pauls claims about president obama by papering over his original false claims with more of them. just how far do republicans think cheap dishonest appeals to the haters will get then in the race for the presidency? judging by the deafening silence whenever one these bomb tloers lobs one, it seems pretty far. but the stuff spewed by the likes of huckabee and gingrich will wind up tainting the republican nominee. here is george will this sunday. let us know mince words. there are at most five plausible republican presidents on the horizon, mitch daniels, haley barbour, jon huntsman, tim pawlenty, mitt romney. he therefore wrote huckabee and beginning griffin off the list of acceptable candidates. so did george will just nom them out of the race? it's our top story tonight. >>> and speaking of republicans who threaten to contaminate other g ocht p presidential candidates, michele bachmann refused
MSNBC
Mar 3, 2011 2:00am EST
for you, anytime, reverend. great to have you with us tonight. thanks so much for joining us. >>> tonight in our survey, governor scott walker wants to cut public education, but increase public funding to private schools, even for rich kids. so i ask you, should public money pay for rich kids to go to private school? 4% of you say yes, yes. 96% of you said no. that's "the ed show." check out our new blog. "the last word with lawrence which each now cost $1 >>> false witness. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm crist matthews out in los angeles. leading off tonight, the huckster. when mike huckabee's spokesman says he didn't mean to say that the president obama grew up in kenya, he meant to say he grew up in indonesia. indonesia, it's a lot to swallow. first of all, both assertions are wrong. he went to the best prep school in hawaii. the brits were in kenya, and the mao mao revolution, that also occurred in kenya. he joined the long list of discredited republicans spreading the story that president obama's presidency is illegitimate. that's our top story. >>> speakin
MSNBC
Mar 29, 2011 7:00pm EDT
getting rid of gadhafi? >>> let's get ready to rumble. comedian and commentator bill maher joins us. we'll get his take on the tea party, libya, the race for the republican nomination, and then there's donald trump among other things. >>> and speaking of trump, we said last week he dipped a toe into the birther waters. now he's dived in head first and declared the waters fine, come on in and he's producing his own birth certificate. is trump serious about being a birther or is he just serious about getting a little bit of attention? >>> also the shutdown showdown. the democrats are trying to drive a wedge between the mainstream republicans and the tea party, but let's face it, when democrats and republicans are not arguing over whether to cut but how much to cut, then the republicans are winning this message war. >>> finally, is it possible for the u.s. to become a country of secular atheists that is also that's in "the sideshow." >>> we're going to start with president obama's speech on libya. howard fineman is the senior political editor for "the huffington post," and susan page.
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2011 5:00pm EDT
movie. thank you for joining us. "something ventured" is the film. that will do it for us. i'm dylan ratigan. "hardball" with chris matthews starts right now. >> nuclear danger. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews out in los angeles. leading off tonight, how horrible will this nuclear crisis in japan get? all four reactors at the fukushima plant are damaged terrifying the local population. people are evacuating the area and even moving away from cities as far away as tokyo. out of 800 workers on the site of the nuclear plants, 50 are still there. only 50 and they are in a very dangerous situation. we'll get a report on the ground on how serious the situation is and what it could mean for americans here at home. >>> plus, how much radiation can anyone be exposed to before risking significant health problems? we'll talk to the experts about how much is too much. >>> i'm going to talk to the weather channel of all people about which direction the winds are now blowing and who is in harm's way. also no surprise here, calling for yet another war. this time it's lib
MSNBC
Mar 4, 2011 5:00pm EST
much. that does it for us. i'm matt miller. dylan ratigan will be back on monday. hardball with the indispensable chris matthews starts right now. >>> to huckabee or not to be. let's play hardball. >>> good evening, i'm chris matthews in washington. leading off today, collateral damage. george f. will has written that the toxic waste, the lies about president obama being spread by people like mike huckabee will wind up contaminating other republicans who are serious about winning the party's nomination next year. his point? people like sarah palin and huckabee to name just two are so contemptuous of the truth that the republican nominee will be collateral damage, diminished by association. if will is right, we can only say republicans will deserve what they get for not putting a stop to this sewer talk. plus -- religious leaders on both coasts are calling on peter king to cancel his hearings next week on the radicalization of american muslims. they say the hearings will do nothing more than stir up anti-muslim hatred. king says it's muslims being radicalized to kill americans. who's
MSNBC
Mar 9, 2011 5:00pm EST
passion, just don't talk about your private life if you don't want to, but don't use the flag. >> don't use god and the flag. >> as somehow the call of your problems and somehow -- i don't even know where to begin. david brody should have vomited at this point and said this is not on my air, i'm going to throw away the tape. nobody is going to believe this garbage. why put it on the air? put it away and start over again. this is crazy talk. i'm going to play it again in a minute, i'm so passionately in love with my country that i got involved and mistakes were made? in the middle of the clinton impeachment, he's messing it around. fine, that's his business, but to bring it up so he can run for presidency. >> it's just such rank hypocrisy. how does that fly at home? honey, i thought so -- >> it's garbage. what he's talking about exreply indicate this. explain ha he's saying. >> he's saying that he took his love for his country so versely, he transferred it to a woman that wasn't his wife, but god will forgive him, because he believes in a forgiving god. thank god he believes in a forgivi
MSNBC
Mar 9, 2011 2:00am EST
party really wants to use to beat president obama next year? that's our top story tonight. >>> then we jump into the political battle raging in wisconsin two polls now show the governor out there, walker, his negative poll numbers are spiking upward and voters want a compromise from the guy. can the democrats use this attack by him on unions to rally their base? >>> plus, congressman peter king has released a witness list for thursday's congressional hearings on what he calls the radicalization of american muslims. 28 house members have signed a letter opposing the holding of the hearings. we're going to hear from two members of congress about the issue. >>> and president obama has limited options, everybody knows, in libya. i'll ask former united states ambassador bill richardson, what the president should do. he'll be here at the table. >>> finally john ensign's retirement in nevada may open up the seat for sharron angle. old second amendment remedies herself. that's in the side show if you want to be scared again. >>> we begin with the race to the right by the republican candidates
MSNBC
Mar 25, 2011 5:00pm EDT
it makes me smile and cry all at once trealize this. that does it for us. i'm matt miller. dylan ratigan will be back on monday. up next, "hardball" with chuck todd in for chris mathews. that's starting right now. >>> who's in charge now? let's play "hardball." >>> good evening, i'm chuck todd in washington in tonight for chris mathews. leading off. now what? there are so many unanswered questions now that nato is preparing to take over the military campaign against gadhafi in libya. how big of a role will the u.s. play now? are we still in charge? and with war fatigue setting in and criticism from both sides of the aisle, when does the president fully explain what's at stake in libya for the united states? the white house is promising, perhaps, monday or tuesday of next week. >>> plus, fear of spreading terrorism. there were anti-government demonstrations today and in some cases violence in many arab countries, including yemen. thousands turned out calling for the ouster of a u.s. ally. if the president is overthrown, who stops al qaeda in the arabian peninsula from taking over?
MSNBC
Mar 31, 2011 7:00pm EDT
nation is where you can find us on nation. "hardball" is up right now. >> a game of washington chicken? let's play hardball. >>> good thursday evening, i'm chuck todd in washington sitting in for chris matthews, who's on assignment in israel. >>> leading off tonight, the democrats blink. if the budget battle were a game of chicken, the democrats would already be in the ditch. they appear to be to the republicans' initial proposal. still, the democrats somehow managed to make the republicans look like they're the obstructionists today. >>> plus one group making sure the republicans don't blink in this game of chicken, the tea party. they rallied in washington urging the republicans to hold the line. but it comes as a second poll in two days shows the tea party steadily losing some popularity in the middle of the electorate, is that party ending? >>> also, let's face it, in one week donald trump has transformed himself into the nation's leading birther, which he doesn't like that term, by the way. party can do to climb out of that mess and what democrats do if they want to to try
MSNBC
Mar 3, 2011 7:00pm EST
president? on a parallel note, one of our pollsters tells us yesterday, it may be hard to understand why someone would jump off a cliff unless you understand they're being chased by a tiger. and that tiger is the tea party. in other words the gop is jumping off the political cliff right now and the tea party is that tiger chasing behind it. the latest example, a tea party leader calling for john boehner's defeat because he won't support the tea party's also after newt resigned after leading his party to a disaster after being reprimanded himself after being nominated on the family values republican party ticket? we'll find out. newt gingrich all but made it official today. on the subject of sex scandals, more evidence is surfacing that it could lead to an indictment for john edwards, misusing campaign funds or, in fact, using funds as -- that should have been a campaign contribution. finally, let me finish with the un-american effort on the right to convince people that president obama is somehow un-american. first of all i want to get the facts. here's radio talk show host ben fisch
MSNBC
Mar 10, 2011 7:00pm EST
does such contempt, how is gingrich using this contempt for the religious voters he is trying to win, how is it going to make him look good? >>> speaking of newt, why is the gop allowing him and mike huckabee to steal the spotlight? where are the grownups in the republican party this year? >>> and let me finish with the target of the muslim radicalization. hint -- he's not a muslim. let's start with the ash wednesday ambush in wisconsin last night where the state assembly followed one the senate did last night bypassing a bill stripping collective bargaining rights from public unions. we have a state senator from wisconsin and john nickles has been covering this story for the nation. senator cox, it looks like they went draconian with this. they really went all the way stripping away all labor rights, all collective bargaining rights. you can't do anything but stay somewhere below the cost of living and basically what else, well, what is in this bill? it seems like it is the worst example of what you can do when you have one-party control. your thoughts? >> well, that's absolutely tr
MSNBC
Mar 16, 2011 2:00am EDT
science and international security. thank you for joining us. i want to know what's going on over there in terms of the four reactors right now. >> today has been a quieter day thank god. there's not been an explosion or a new fire and so in radiation doses on site have generally come down. there's been some aftershocks. there's still a lot of trepidation about what could happen and whether these reactors are going to go out of control and so it's also -- there's concern growing over the fifth and sixth reactor there and so you have a situation where we're just waiting to see if the japanese can get it under control. we're still suffering -- i say we in the sense of other individuals, the public like myself, governments, we're not getting a lot of information from the japanese government. and that's becoming an increasingly difficult problem as people begin to worry more and more about what radiation dose am i getting? >> japan is facing a potential nuclear catastrophe right now after three explosions have damaged reactors at the nuclear power plant. workers are pumping sea water into r
MSNBC
Mar 31, 2011 2:00am EDT
with us tonight. thanks so much for speaking out. >>> tonight in our survey i asked, should the united states arm the you mentioned general electric, and i want to point out that general electric owns 49% of our parent company of nbc >>> the fraying union label. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chuck todd in washington sitting in again for chris matthews, who's on assignment in israel. leading off tonight, looking for the union label, getting a little more different. unions are now under siege in four midwestern states, wisconsin, indiana and ohio. legislation is making its way through state governments that would dramatically limit the power of public sector unions. let's be clear about the political calculus here. if the debate is about unions paying their fair share, republicans win. if it's about taking away workers' rights, democrats are going to win. that's what we don't know. >>> plus a show of hands. who wants a government shutdown? democrats may want one, because they think republicans will be blamed as they were in 1994. republicans may secretly want one, b
MSNBC
Mar 18, 2011 2:00am EDT
japan. nbc's ann curry is joining us from akita, japan, northwest of the nuclear complex. ann, i love having you on the show, but what a terrible time. what's happening to our american compatriots in that country? >> reporter: well, there's a lot of fear, anger and distrust here, chris, especially because of the discrepancies now between the u.s. government and the japanese government on just what the risk is. i want to tell you, however, first of all, about some breaking news we're hearing from the state department that there is a large pocket of americans up in the sendai area. now, the sendai area was hard hit by the tsunami and the quake. it is north of this fukushima nuclear power complex. and so, now what's happening is 14 buses are now en route, according to the state department, to get this large pocket of americans that's been trying to get out ever since the tsunami and the quake. it's en route and it's supposed to be transporting these buses up to 600 americans that may be up in that area. the problem is, these buses are now going to have to travel south past this nuclear c
MSNBC
Mar 14, 2011 5:00pm EDT
it for us. i'm dylan ratigan. "hardball" with chris matthews starts right now right here on msnbc. >>> nuclear planet. this is "hardball". >>> good evening i'm chris matthews in los angeles leading off tonight japanese meltdown. the country of japan is confronting a grim reality three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami. thousands of bodies are washing up on the shore. the death toll is likely to go over 10,000 dead. for many who survived the catastrophe there's no power, no running water and very little food. the disaster in japan is three fold. humanitarian. economic. but also nuclear. after several explosions at a nuclear reactor increased the threat of meltdown. we'll get the latest from the earthquake zone at the top of the show. plus the nuclear crisis. can meltdown be avoided. what meltdown fears in japan mean for nuclear energy here in america. later relief effort. overwhelming and i country that hasn't seen this level hardship since world war ii. we begin with alex thompson. he joins us from sendai, japan. alex, tell us what you've seen. it's quite dramatic. >>
MSNBC
Mar 28, 2011 5:00pm EDT
on it. >> thank you. that does it for us. chuck todd in for chris matthews with a little "hardball"! >>> making the case, let's play "hardball." good evening, i'm chuck todd in today for chris matthews who's an assignment in israel. leading off tonight, why we fight. the white house is calling it a policy speech, not an action speech, which typically comes from the oval office. whatever you call it, president obama will get yet another opportunity to explain to the nation why we're in libya, what the end game is and how the u.s. found itself fighting in a country that even the defense secretary says is not a vital united states interest. we'll break down the challenge he faces tonight. >>> plus, there's a lot at stake in libya for president obama. is it possible that politically failure in libya hurts a lot more for the president than victory would help him? >>> when republicans thought it was safe to get back to talking about smaller government, a conference in iowa this weekend has some republicans worried the state is becoming a social conservative outpost and the wrong place to
MSNBC
Mar 18, 2011 7:00pm EDT
engle is joining us from cairo. thank you, richard, give us a sense of what's happening as the u.n. begins to take action. what is the condition of the rebel force especially in benghazi? >> the rebel force is very weak in benghazi and across the country. what happened was, the rebels advanced very quickly. they took benghazi almost by surprise. and then as they were riding this wave of enthusiasm, they decided to leave their strong hold, benghazi. they went out to places like ajdabiya. they went to the open desert. they overextended the supply lines, they got stopped by gadha gadhafi's forces. they consolidated in benghazi. and they're hoping with air cover with this no-fly zone they can regain momentum and topple gadhafi's regime. >> why were they shooting shots of celebration in the air when they heard of the u.n. vote? >> they think the u.n. vote levels the playing field right now. that gadhafi's forces won't be able to come in and carry out a massacre. there were people in benghazi, there have been every night, who are terrified that tonight is going to be the night that there
MSNBC
Mar 8, 2011 2:00am EST
sunday. let us know mince words. there are at most five plausible republican presidents on the horizon -- mitch daniels, haley barbour, jon huntsman, tim pawlenty, mitt romney. hi he thereby wrote huckabee and gingrich off the list of acceptable candidates. so did george will just knock them out of the race? it's our top story tonight. >>> and speaking of republicans who threaten to contaminate other gop presidential candidates, michele bachmann refused to back away from her charge that president obama presides over a gangster government. plus remember how republicans pledged to put people back to work again when they swept back into power? since then, what have they focused on? defunding planned parenthood, defending doma, investigating american muslims. this is the jobs agenda? is also some in both parties are pushing president obama to do more to help hose rebels fighting in gadhafi in libya, but can he really step in with military aid or a no-fly zone without risking an anti-american backlash in the region. and sarah palin broke ronald reagan's rule about never criticizing
MSNBC
Mar 9, 2011 7:00pm EST
way. thank you for watching. catch us on theyoungturks.com. "hardball" starts right now. > the african scheme, let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. leading off tonight, trash talk. we're hearing a lot of trash talks from presidential hopefuls these day, the latest from newt gingrich. the original source of the kenya mau mau garbage. he said his work ethic, and catch this, patriotic passion for his country was the real cause of that marital infidelity during the time of the clinton impeachment push. how can gingrich and huk kckabe consider themselves serious 2012 don'ters when they get caught selling this cockamamy. >>> and peter king was a supp t supporter of the irish army, a terrorist group, and critics of tomorrow's hearings can't understand how he went from sympathizing with a demonized group to demonizing american muslims. one of king's friends who worked with him on the northern irish peace process has publicly broke with him over what he called king's strange journey from irish radical to muslim inqu inquizitor. we're going to talk t
MSNBC
Mar 21, 2011 5:00pm EDT
good. nice to see you. that does it. i like your growl as well. that does it for us. i'm dylan ratigan. "hardball" with chris matthews starts right now right how on msnbc. >> so what's the plan for gadhafi? let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews down in washington leading off tonight attack on libya as jim miklaszewski said yesterday on "meet the press," forget the idea that this is a coalition at work. this is a mission commanded and largely compa lly carried out b military. who talked president obama into fighting in a country where we have no vital presideinterest i? are we protecting civilians or taking sides? have we offered gadhafi a way out? would we allow him to survive as the king of tripoli? most important, what is the end and how does it end and where does it end? a report from libya and try to figure out what turned president obama around on this issue. also, the politics. the president is getting hit as you might expect from the right for waiting too long and from the left for doing it at all. how about those who haven't said it but will that h
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Mar 1, 2011 7:00pm EST
all this stuff anyway. >> you're right. thank you for joining us. we appreciate it. that was a fun little quiz. of course, you can catch us every single day on the youngtur youngturks.com. we have great programming coming up for you. in fact, it's called "hardball," and it's awesome and starts right now. >>> going hard right. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. leading off today, poll vault. late this afternoon governor walker announced his budget for the next two years. but he takes the podium knowing that who new polls show that nationwide the public has little taste for cutting union rights or pay. in wis walker is beginning to pay a steep political price. walker may win the the battle with wisconsin's unions, but his party could well lose this war. that's our top story tonight. >>> plus, when orrin hatch called the new health care law a dumb ass program and piece of krall he reminded us that the tea party's take-over the gop has left republicans with three choices. join them and go hard right like hatch is doing, challenge them to bring it on
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Mar 16, 2011 7:00pm EDT
technicians are taking risks few of us can imam and fewer still could attempt. the latest tonight on the heroes risking it all to save everyone else. >>> it's also said truth is the first casualty of war. the same could be said about a nuclear crisis. can we trust what we hear from japanese officials over there? in fact, whom can we trust? here at home we're hearing what really happens when catholic priests molest children in their diocese, in their parishes. the philadelphia d.a. to become the first prosecutor to actually charge a church official for the abuse of children they were meant to protect. >>> who's crying now about the tea party? 54 republicans voted against a resolution to keep the government running meaning that john boehner needs a lot of democrats to keep it passed. the bottom line, the grownups in the republican party are already getting fed up of their new tea party friends. >>> we start with the ongoing crisis in japan. nbc news' lee cowen is in tokyo covering the story. lee, an update. four to six reactors in trouble now? >> reporter: right. exactly. there's a bit
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Mar 2, 2011 5:00pm EST
, can read the newspaper as well as the rest of us, knows that barack obama grew up in hawaii, he went to the best prep school in, went on occidental, columbia, harvard law, ran for a number of offices. here he is sucking up to a guy we don't know anything about the guy's health records, birth certificate, he's playing to the birthers that the president of the united states is some kind of imposter. why is huckabee playing this game? >> you know, he is in the middle of the transmission belt of trash, and fox news is in the middle of that. being influenced by his father, who he didn't know. this is coming -- it was in a "forbes" magazine, newt gingrich was talking it up on fox news. i think mike huckabee is immersed in those trashy, dirty waters and mab absorben byes on motions. i was reading his book, mike huckab huckabee, and he said he was not going to be involved in personal attacks and the key thing we need is integrity. he is not showing any of that. he's lying about the fact -- >> we know what he said and why he said it. joan, i always thought that everybody in the media that spe
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Mar 1, 2011 5:00pm EST
. so thank you. >> thank you, sir. that will do it for us. "hardball" is up right now. >>> going hard right. let's play "hardball." good evening. ice chris matthews in washington. leading off today, poll vault. the next few minutes, governor scott walker of wisconsin is expected to announce his budget for the next two years. but he takes the podium knowing that who new polls show that nationwide the public has little taste for cutting union rights or pay. walker is beginning to pay a steep political price. his party could well lose this war. that's our top story tonight. >>> plus, when orrin hatch called the new health care law a dumb ass program and piece of crap, those are his words, he reminds us that the tea party's take over the gop has left republicans with three choices. join them, go hard right, challenge them to bring it on like richard lugar, or just surrender and switch parties. which one works? only one has averteded electoral defeat. >>> also has head of the government oversight committee darrel issa has announced the first casualty of his operation. his own press se
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Mar 29, 2011 2:00am EDT
hand this off to nato, but that's us. we are the strongest part of nato and we are nato. >> another key point. luke russert, thank you so much. >> the president also said we stopped gadhafi's deadly advance. where are we with action on the ground in libya? >> well, chris, you can can probably hear behind me the call to prayer. it's just after 5:00 in the morning. that's going on in benghazi. how much changed in a few weeks. the call to prayer is now the only time you can hear a city speak in the muslim world when people come out and call the faithful to attend the mosque. i was listening to this weeks ago in this city as gadhafi's forces were on their way heading here and looking for revenge. you can almost hear the desperation in the city. now there is a sense of relief. if for the last 48 hours the rebels have been able to push back the troops, they have been able to regain the territory they lost, but today when they got to the out skirts, the rebel offensive ground to a halt. after advancing almost unchecked for two days, rebels areow having tfight for territory. rels fid rocks
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Mar 1, 2011 2:00am EST
for us, "let me finish" tonight with a great man who made what may be his last appearance at the oscars last night. someone who truly deserves our praise. >>> we begin with what the republicans are up to as they take on the unions. pat quinn is governor of illinois. ed rendell was the governor of pennsylvania for two terms. now is an nbc news political analyst. governor quinn, thank you for joining us. for the first time in history now, governors, more union members work for the government rather than the private sector. in the public sector, 760,000 people are union members. in the private sector, just 7,1 million. a big turn of events there. governor, is this push by the republican governor of wisconsin a war on the democratic party's main financial and worker base? >> well, it's a war on workers. you know, the people who teach our kids, who plow the snow off our interstates, those are working men and women and they deserve a decent pay and decent retirement. they've already given up concessions in that area. the right to have a union and collectively bargain and work about you
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Mar 16, 2011 5:00pm EDT
. eastern. >>> that will do it for us. from. >>> danger in the pacific. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm crist matt thew in washington. leading off tonight, fear and confusion. hard as it may be to imagine, japan's nuclear crisis seems to be getting worse. there are concerns about all six reactors it the crippled fukushima plant. the head of the nuclear regulatory commission here says rad agmay be at lethal levels, requires workers to leave the area. our own correspondents have returned from the field with traces of radiation themselves on their clothing. we'll have an update at the scene on the plant and how the country is coping with twin catastrophes. >>> plus thor incredible workers at the plant itself,ç these bre selfless technicians are taking risks few of us can imagine and fewer still could attempt. the latest on the face will you see nameless heroes risking all to save everyone else. >>> it's also said truth is the first casual of wart. the same could be said about a nuclear crisis. can we trust what we hear from japanese officials over there? in fact,
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Mar 11, 2011 5:00pm EST
that will do it for us. thank you, dan. "hardball" is upstarting right now. right here on msnbc with chris matthews. >>> seismic, let's play "hardball." >>> leading off tonight, earthquake. they are like scenes out of a disaster film. today in japan, it set off scenes of destruction. it set up a tsunami with devastating results. there was an 8.9 richter scale quake. the strongest in japan's history. one of the strongest anywhere on record ever. we'll get the latest from experts and the united states is offering to help with rescue and air lift operations. the quake led to tsunami warnings in hawaii, alaska and the west coast of the u.s., but there was no real damage. plus, so what's that what it was. here's what wisconsin's senate majority leader said. quote, if we win this battle and the money is not there under the union, certainly what you're going to find is president obama's going to have a much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of wisconsin. well, there you have it in black and white. but for democrats to use that little thought from that senate lea
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Feb 28, 2011 7:00pm EST
really appreciate you joining us. tomorrow on andrea mitchell reports" homeland security secretary janet napolitano joins andrea for a live interview. that's our show for tonight. thank you for watching. and "hardball" starts right now. >>> starving the democrats. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening, i'm chris matthews in washington. leading off tonight, one-two punch. first republicans on the supreme court opened the flood gates for corporate money in political campaigns. the big winners, the republican candidates the corporations are backing. now comes the second punch. kill the major source of democratic money. the labor unions. most union members are now public employees. killing the public employee unions is a brilliant way to kill the democrats' number one backer of money and shoe leather. so let's get clear on what's happening in wisconsin. it's the second of a one-two punch against the democratic party. the push against dues and memberships and robs democrats of the foot soldiers and the money they need to get and stay elected. >>> plus president obama's looking to republican
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Mar 24, 2011 5:00pm EDT
us over here that the nuclear industry over here in the united states has gained control of the agency, which is supposed to regulate it. the nuclear regulatory commission. in other words, in the nrc, the foxes are guarding the hen house. how do we fix this baby? >>> and the juiciest story of the day for "hardball." it's now likely that michelle bauchmann will launch a exploratory committee. when was the last time anybody watching that can remember someone forming an exploratory committee for running for president and not actually run. didn't we create her here? let's all thank sarah palin for setting us straight. she's explained the long historic ek controversy -- he's still our republican national committee chairman. and bob shrom is a democratic strategist. do i hear the voice and chuckle worthy of mr. michael steele? >> you do. how are you doing, chris? >> it's great to have you, bob. this is one of our great ones of our time. here's newt gingrich supporting a no-fly zone and then disagreeing with what he said he wanted done. let's listen to both of these guys both newt ging
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Mar 17, 2011 5:00pm EDT
. thanks for giving us some of your time this afternoon. >> thanks for having me. >> ruth marcus. that will do it for us today. i'm dylan ratigan. "hardball with chris matthews" starts right now. >>> escape from japan. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm christ matthews in washington. happy st. patrick's day. leading off tonight, high anxiety. here's how desperate it's gotten at that nuclear plant over in japan. authorities have been reduced to dumping water from helicopters and spraying water from fire trucks in a last-ditch effort to cool those spent fuel rods. in a moment, we'll hear from a nuclear power regulatory commissioner and get a report from the ground in japan. >>> also, credibility gap. the widening chasm between what the japanese government is saying and what we can believe. it happened at three mile island. it really happened at chernobyl and now it's happening at japan, officials playing down the dangers. we'll try to bridge the credibility gap tonight. >>> plus, the nuclear disaster has once again turned u.s. public opinion, obviously, against nuclear power. c
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Mar 17, 2011 7:00pm EDT
think the president needs to understand one of the things that gets us all fired up and gets us in congress, in a place that we can defend the things we care about is that he leads us and that's what we're asking him to do more of. >> i couldn't agree more with that. thank you for your time tonight. >> thank you. >> i want to thank everybody for watching. "hardball" starts right now. >>> escape from japan. and heading to libya. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. happy st. patrick's day. leading off tonight, high anxiety. there's finally good news out of japan. the international atomic energy agency reports there is now electrical power in place and water is being pumped in lowering the pressure inside those reactors. this news comes after authorities were reduced to dumping water from helicopters and spraying water from fire trucks in a last-ditch effort to cool those spent fuel rods. in a moment, we'll hear from a ann curry on the ground and a commissioner and get a report from the ground in japan. >>> also, credibility gap. the widening cha
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